Share:

Tell Congress: End Electric Vehicle Subsidies

We knew electric vehicles were expensive, but we didn't know just how much of that expense was the battery alone. Until now.

We knew electric vehicles were expensive, but we didn’t know just how much of that expense was the battery alone. Until now.

For years the auto industry has had a closely guarded secret: the price of electric vehicle batteries. They didn’t want you, the consumer to know how much they cost because they know that one day (if you purchase an electric car) you will have to pay to replace them.

Well Ford’s Chief Executive Alan Mulally let the cat out of the bag. 

While speaking at a forum on green technology last week, Mulally revealed that the battery packs for the electric Ford Focus costs between $12,000 and $15,000 a piece:

"When you move into an all-electric vehicle, the battery size moves up to around 23 kilowatt hours, [and] it weighs around 600 to 700 pounds," Mr. Mulally said at Fortune magazine's Brainstorm Green conference in California.

"They're around $12,000 to $15,000 [a battery]" for a type of car that normally sells for about $22,000, he continued, referring to the price of a gasoline-powered Focus. "So, you can see why the economics are what they are."

The Ford Focus EV costs $39,200. The Regular Ford Focus costs $22,000. Even with President Obama’s $7,500 taxpayer-funded electric vehicle subsidy, the EV will cost $31,700, roughly $10,000 more than the regular model (which gets between 35 and 40 miles to the gallon and does not eat up your electricity bill because it needs to be charged.)

One third of the cost of this vehicle is its battery. And at some point during the vehicle’s lifespan that battery will need to be replaced. That brings the total cost of the vehicle, with subsidy, to $46,700.
Gas would need to be, as President Obama’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu put it, at the “levels in Europe” for a prolonged time (many, many years) for this car to eventually pay for the difference in price.

And yet President Obama and his Administration are trying to make us all buy these.

Electric vehicles are far more expensive than regular vehicles, do little to help the planet (since they’re charged by coal-powered electricity) and tend to catch fire.

It’s time we tell President Obama to stop pushing these vehicles, and stop giving taxpayer dollars to the wealthy people who buy them.

H.R.3768 is a bill in Congress that would eliminate the wealthy’s taxpayer giveaway. It is a perfect example of what needs to be done in our country. By eliminating subsidies like those for plug-in electric vehicles like the failed Chevy Volt and other expensive plug-ins, we send a message to President Obama that we are serious about cutting spending, and serious about ending the reliance on subsidies.

Sign the petition and send your message to your Representative deamanding they co-sponsor and support H.R.3768.

Public Comments
Jun 2nd, 2012
Someone from Thornton, IL signed.
Jun 2nd, 2012
Kenneth F. from Mercer, MO writes:
Quotation mark icon
the only electric car that was any good was the G M EV 1 which G M destroyed everyone as thet were to good and never broke down and did not need replacement parts except tries and brake pads
Jun 2nd, 2012
Someone from Nixa, MO writes:
Quotation mark icon
How about we stop spending tax dollars on all pet programs like this and balance the budget. I would recommend looking into how much energy is lost in the transmission of the current to charge the battery and how much is lost in the charging alone.
Jun 1st, 2012
Louis N. from Columbiana, OH signed.
Jun 1st, 2012
Thomas C. from Bellevue, NE signed.
May 31st, 2012
Someone from Lima, OH signed.
May 31st, 2012
Lana E. from Frisco, TX signed.
May 31st, 2012
David C. from Black Canyon City, AZ signed.
May 31st, 2012
ed j. from Toledo, OR writes:
Quotation mark icon
SAY NO TO HOME INVASION,THIS IS REAL, ,I would like to thank Lincoln county pud board for not installing an smart-meter tracking device on my home Violation of my Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution Central Lincoln PUD P.O. Box 1126 Newport, OR 97365 board members, PRESIDENT Ron Benfield..rbenfield@newportnet.com VICE PRESIDENT Curt Abbott cabbott@peak.org SECRETARY Judy Matheny jjmatheny@q.com TREASURER Tom Tymchuk ttymchuk@cencoast.com DIRECTOR Larkin Kaliher lkaliher@cencoast.com Introduction to this letter of violation of my and all legal Americans 4th amendment, born rights Final Episode of Freedom Watch: When the Government Fears the People, There Is Liberty http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zhdNRbrR2E&feature=share I do not participant in violation of our ,yours and my 1st, 4th,10th ,16th ETC>> amendment of Constitutional born rights. I do NOT VOLUNTARY COMPLY with any Smart meters or any other devices that are in , VIOLATION OF our 4TH Amendment rights APPLIED Consent search - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Overview| Other parties| Revoking consent and exceptions| References ... conducting the consent search does not necessarily have to be identified as a law enforcement officer, and the person granting consent need not be the person police ... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consent_search - Cached I would like to thank pud for not putting an smartmeter on my home. ..In Helping the Elected and public employees unions members All NON_PROFITS, Public utility commissioners,{ Destroying Ours, yours , present and future grandchildren FREE use of public lands and all common law right of ways.. http://www.patriotnetwork.info/Citizens_rule_book.htm The posiblity of new sickness of our community thast could be related from any said smart meter aim..etc,, volition of your 4th amendment rights. www.kjonline.com/news/Lawsuit-targets-​CMP-smart-meters.html 2.7-14 Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any state or territory, subjects or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, equity, or other proper proceeding for redress.(Civil Rights) 42 U.S.C. 1963. wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_remedies_at_law_differ_from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_remedy So If you trespass other then reading the meter I have right now meter number 56088,,,,95601441, Remedy, 20lbs 99.9 pure gold in one ounce pieces and $500,000.00 Cashiers check. To the strawman account of edwand malone johnston or to his trust, My Clan Name Is Boyd. If you trespass and violate my 4th amendment. two weeks after violation installation. The Board members our each liable for all court and lawyer fees/under . .en.wikipedia.org/wik
May 31st, 2012
Someone from Las Vegas, NV signed.
May 31st, 2012
ellie p. from Spring, TX signed.
May 31st, 2012
pat k. from Sterling, CO signed.
May 31st, 2012
Merville N. from Sun City, AZ signed.
May 31st, 2012
daniel m. from Maumelle, AR signed.
May 31st, 2012
Tom S. from Woodstock, GA signed.
May 31st, 2012
Someone from Temple, TX writes:
Quotation mark icon
Stop The Failed Cars STOP SPENDING MY MONEY Just because YOU think IT IS YOUR MONEY,IT IS NOT
May 31st, 2012
John O. from Bakersfield, CA signed.
May 31st, 2012
Mona B. from Wichita Falls, TX signed.
May 31st, 2012
Ellen B. from Schulenburg, TX signed.
May 30th, 2012
Someone from Hudson, NH signed.
May 30th, 2012
philip w. from Sitka, AK signed.
May 30th, 2012
John G. from Sebastian, FL writes:
Quotation mark icon
Will you people get off your butts, and tell O'Bama it ain't working. And maybe start doing something for the good of the USA. Neither one of the parties is worth a shit, come voting time, We are voting all incumbents out. There has got to be a big change in the way congress does it's business from here on in.
May 30th, 2012
S. Terry C. from Phoenix, AZ signed.
May 30th, 2012
Judy C. from Chandler, AZ signed.
May 30th, 2012
James S. from Tulsa, OK signed.
May 30th, 2012
Mel B. from Garland, TX signed.
May 30th, 2012
Someone from Athens, AL signed.
May 30th, 2012
ader p. from Thief River Falls, MN signed.
May 30th, 2012
Joseph C. from Southfield, MI signed.
May 30th, 2012
barbara m. from Springdale, AR signed.
May 30th, 2012
Mary H. from Delaplane, VA signed.
May 30th, 2012
Someone from Phoenix, AZ signed.
May 30th, 2012
Gerald F. from Lilburn, GA writes:
Quotation mark icon
electric vehicles are only useful for very specific applications (kids toys come to mind) - not to mention the cost to produce the electricity to "re-charge" the battery. DUMB IDEA!
May 30th, 2012
Carol M. from Chino Hills, CA signed.
May 30th, 2012
Catherine K. from Mooresboro, NC signed.
May 30th, 2012
Rosemary D. from San Antonio, TX signed.
May 30th, 2012
Mary Lynn C. from Klamath Falls, OR signed.
May 30th, 2012
Someone from Porterville, CA signed.
May 30th, 2012
Someone from Anna, IL writes:
Quotation mark icon
If we're gonna be giving away money we don't have, we should be giving it to the taxpayers, NOT spending it on risky business ventures for things that most people don't want and can't afford. No more subsidies!
May 30th, 2012
Someone from Rogers, AR writes:
Quotation mark icon
This is a racket,stipend,